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Ask the Expert: Is Exercise Safe for My Husband?

This month’s expert is Dr. Alden Gross, PhD, MHS, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University Center on Aging and Health.

Dear Dr. Gross,
My husband is not in great shape and I worry about the effect on his health. His mother has Alzheimer’s disease and his sister seems to be in the early stages of cognitive decline. Are there compelling reasons why it might be a good idea for him to start exercising?

Exercise may not be the silver bullet – but it’s still important

Exercise – or moving your body for those who don’t like the “e-word” – is good for us. Upon that fact, there’s widespread agreement. There also have been proven positive correlations between physical activity and cognitive health. So a natural question is, can you do an “exercise intervention” – starting exercise early in life in an effort to ensure cognitive health in your later years?

Pfizer Halts Research Into Alzheimer's And Parkinson's Treatments

Pfizer has announced plans to end its research efforts to discover new drugs for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Alzheimer's Biomarkers, Explained

Developing new biomarkers is a priority for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF). These tools are critical to the success of our mission to find effective ways to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

6 Factors That Can Increase Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

There's still a lot we don't know about the causes of Alzheimer's, but there are some factors associated with an increased risk of getting the disease. For the most part, though, an increased risk doesn't mean a person will necessarily get the disease —just that the chances are higher.

2017 – A Year of Trials and Tribulations in Alzheimer’s Research

As the year 2017 rolled in, hopes were high that a few clinical trials would have a positive outcome, resulting in a possible new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.  Although there weren’t any major breakthroughs, the fact is that we learn from our research no matter what the outcome. And that was certainly the case this year. 

Bill Gates' newest mission: Curing Alzheimer's

Bill Gates is investing $50 million of his own money into the Dementia Discovery Fund, a private-public research partnership focused on some of the more novel ideas about what drives the brain disease.

Kaine introduces bill to combat Alzheimer’s

This legislation would build out the systems necessary to create a public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health.

Nutrient drink for Alzheimer's has disappointing result in trial

A new study investigating the effects of a nutrient drink for Alzheimer's disease has led to very different headlines in the media. 

Ask the Expert: Should I be concerned?

I’m not sure if my mother would be considered clinically depressed or not. She just seems like she doesn’t care about much and isn’t very engaged in her world. Could this be depression and, if so, should I be concerned that she could be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s?